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BY SAM SPOKONY  |  Halfway through the title track of his new album, “Hereafter,” Sean Sullivan imagines himself in the afterlife, taking a scat solo in the presence of God. “Is that OK Lord?” Sullivan asks of the biblical creator, who is apparently playing bass in a band led by Moses, which also features Jesus […]

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BY TRAV S.D.  (travsd.wordpress.com)  |  “Charlie Victor Romeo” may be the most cost-effective disaster movie ever made. Longtime Downtown theatre fans are well familiar with this pocket-sized but ambitious show, which started at Collective: Unconscious’s tiny Ludlow Street storefront theatre in 1999, with later incarnations at P.S. 122, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 3LD Art & […]

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  BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN  |  FRANK STELLA: RECENT WORK  Marking the acclaimed artist’s second solo show with the gallery, this installation features 14 works from two series: “Scarlatti K” and “Circus.” Both reflect Stella’s career-long engagement with expanding the means of abstraction to create and redefine space. The works are made of entwined central resin forms (made using 3-D printing […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Put those deadlines on hold, ditch the kids for a few hours and head to the Andaz Wall Street hotel — for a provocative and stimulating night that just might become your new regular thing. Once a month, the Pen Parentis literary salon hosts readings by authors who’ve remained prolific, while […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  COLOR  Nobody’s a saint, all of the major players have a secret and almost everyone involved is willing to bend the truth to advance their agenda — in Gene Ruffini’s anything-but-black-and-white courtroom drama, “Color.” It’s the latest socially conscious production from director Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, whose last production at Theater for […]

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BY SAM SPOKONY |  In an era of club drug dubstep and tongue-out twerking, there are few better ways to spend your time, or your money, than by supporting young jazz musicians. And that’s because watching them perform — the great ones, at least — is, at some fundamental level, an incredible thing. These are […]

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  BY HEATHER DUBIN  |  Cold weather should not be a deterrent for a visit to Poets House, even for those who do not live in Battery Park City. The journey is worth the effort to reach this literary gem tucked away near the Hudson River. Poets House is a writer’s delight with a library […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER |   BRAND NEW ANCIENTS   South East London resident Kate Tempest’s raps are vivid, meticulously weaved observations that mine the divine from life’s unpleasant realities. For Tempest, who cut her teeth as a writer during a “wayward youth living in squats, hanging around on picket lines, rapping at riot cops and […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER TYSON vs. ALI  Like comic book fans geeking out to “what if” conflicts involving equally powerful superheroes, it doesn’t take much to get well-informed boxing fans into an argument about whose arm would be raised at the end of a fight between two greats of disparate eras. Eventually, they all fall down […]

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From blockbusters to auteurs, 2013 delivered BY SEAN EGAN  |  From a smattering of quality indie pictures to some big-budget spectacles to new work from celebrated auteurs and prestige pictures that actually delivered, there was something for everyone in 2013. The films were of generally high quality this year, making “best of” picks more a matter […]

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